History, English, and Honors BSU graduate Melody Coryell, recently won a prestigious $25k Milken Educator Award. According to Chalkbeat Indiana, “the Milken Family Foundation has conducted annual national searches for top teachers since 1987, handing out cash prizes to more than 2,600 educators. The organization does not accept nominations or disclose how it selects the winners.”
In his first semester at Ball State, Simon Balto has published an article for the History News Network on “Chicago’s Police Problem.” He was also quoted in The Atlantic, “The Corrupt System that Killed Laquan McDonald.”
Ken Hall by invitation attended a closed presentation by China’s President Xi Jinping in Singapore on November 7. Ken was seated among the Chinese diplomatic delegation in front of the speaker’s podium. Ken’s summary of the President Xi’s speech and its international implications was published in the Muncie Star Press. He similarly attended by invitation the Singapore diplomatic community presentation by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who promoted India’s evolving relationship with Southeast Asia as an alternative to China’s regional interests. Ken’s well-attended public lecture at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies focused on “Documenting Southeast Asia’s Past: Contested Agencies on the Southeast Asian Mainland, c. 200-1500 as these link to ASEAN 2015.” He was subsequently stage host of a Singapore City (Art) Gallery presentation by American archeologists conducting research in Kazakhstan at the time of the opening of the Silk Road: “Excavations and Surveys of ‘Nomadic Confederacies’ in Southeast Kazakhstan”; and was a guest of the Singapore Cultural Museum at the grand opening of the focal exhibit of Chinese ceramics and other cargo recovered from an early Indian Ocean shipwreck off the Singapore coastline. Ken was one of several international consultants invited to Singapore in June 2014 to suggest display options. During December he will be a member of the international research staff training Southeast Asian graduate students at a tenth-century pre-Angkor temple site in northeast Cambodia.
Sergei I. Zhuk has had several accomplishments this semester.
– Organized the roundtable “Hollywood Insidious Charms: The Impact of American Cinema and Television on the Soviet Bloc,” and organized of the panel: “The KGB in Academia and Popular Culture: Facts, Fictions, Narratives”for the 47th National Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), (Philadelphia, PA, November 19-22, 2015), where he presented his research paper “The KGB People, Soviet Americanists and Soviet-American
Academic Exchanges, 1958-1985”;
– Was invited to participate as a presenter in the special event: “Eagle Watching in Moscow and Beijing: Russian and Chinese Historical Perspectives on the U.S.” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, sponsored by Kissinger Institute and Kennan Institute, in Washington, D.C., onDecember 14, 2015, see a link: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/eagle-watching-moscow-and-beijing-russian-and-chinese-historical-perspectives-the-us;
– -Was invited as a Visiting Professor to teach at Columbia University in the City of New York during the Spring Semester of 2016; he will be associated with Harriman Institute and the Department of History at Columbia until the end of June 2016;
– -Published recently two articles based on the material of his book project: “Between Moscow and the West: Constructing the Soviet Self in the American Studies in Soviet Russia and Ukraine during Late Socialism (1956–1991),” Russian/Soviet Studies in the United States, Amerikanistika in Russia: Mutual Representations in Academic Projects, Ed. by Ivan Kurilla and Viktoria I. Zhuravleva (Lanham, MD and Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield’s Lexington Press, 2015), 85-102, “’Academic Détente’: Soviet Americanists as Exchange Scholars during the Brezhnev Era,” New Perspectives on Russian-American Relations, Edited byWilliam Benton Whisenhunt and Norman E. Saul (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), 240-260